Sport Report: FIFA may investigate Cahill's 'sponsored' goal celebration

02:52  13 october  2017
02:52  13 october  2017 Source:   Sporting News

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The 37-year-old was once again the hero for Australia, scoring both goals in the 2-1 victory at ANZ Stadium to keep the Socceroos’ World Cup dream alive.

But the veteran has come under fire from fans for making a ‘T’ symbol with his hands after scoring the winning goal – his 50th for the Socceroos.

Online travel agency TripADeal took to Instagram after the game to thank their brand ambassador for his kind gesture.

"Did you catch @tim_cahill, our new brand ambassador, doing the TripADeal 'T' after he scored the winning goal last night? Congratulations Tim!'," the post, which has been deleted, read.

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FIFA is investigating reports that Tim Cahill was paid for a sponsored goal celebration during Australia' s 2-1 win against Syria on Tuesday. Events which require further attention may be communicated accordingly." In 2012 Denmark forward Nicklas Bendtner was fined £80,000 by UEFA

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  Report: FIFA may investigate Cahill's 'sponsored' goal celebration © Sporting News Players have been sanctioned by the governing body in the past for advertising unsanctioned brands during games.

If Cahill is sanctioned the likely penalty would be a hefty fine.

"FIFA is reviewing and analysing the reports from the referees and the match commissioners for all matches in FIFA competitions,” A FIFA spokesperson said, per Sky Sports.

“Events which require further attention may be communicated accordingly."

The Socceroos face CONCACAF nation Honduras next month in an intercontinental play-off for a spot in the 2018 World Cup.

Cahill has expressed his desire to compete at a fourth World Cup should Australia win their home-and-away playoff against Honduras, who finished fourth in CONCACAF qualification.

Former Socceroos skipper lashes Cahill .
Former Socceroos captain Paul Wade has taken aim at Tim Cahill for his goal celebration against Syria. Cahill saved the day for Australia by scoring the match winner in the second half to keep Australia’s hopes of qualifying for the World Cup alive.But FIFA is looking into the way he celebrated after scoring the decisive goal due to a sponsorship arrangement the Aussie star has with an online travel agency.

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